What are the 3 most important things a runner needs to be efficient, fast and injury free?
- Mobility: Runners need to have enough mobility in their joints – spine, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and big toes in order to absorb each step and be as efficient as possible.
- Balance: Runners need great balance as running is a series of one-legged hops.
- Strength: Runners need strength in order to create enough force to propel their body through the air efficiently.
Unlike other sports where you might move sideways or pivot around, running is a repetitive sport moving forward in one direction or plane of motion. However, it’s important to do exercises in all 3 planes to sufficiently and thoroughly build stability and strength of your joints and soft tissues.
In this portal you will find exercises in all 3 planes of motion:
- Forward or backward (Sagittal)
- Sideways (Frontal)
- Rotation (Transverse)
The resources in this portal will keep your runner’s body in ideal shape so you can stay healthy and on track with your training program.
Denise Schwartz is a licensed physical therapist with more than 5,000 continuing education hours in manual therapy, spinal care, running, and functional rehab. As an avid runner herself, Denise is passionate about helping runners improve their form and speed, prevent injuries, and stay active in the sport they love. In 2010, Denise opened her private practice in Wheeling, IL and has helped dozens of patients meet and exceed their running goals.